Helping refugees heal, learn, and determine their own future
The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. Founded by Jesuit Fr. Pedro Arrupe in 1980, in direct response to the humanitarian crisis of the Vietnamese boat people, JRS today works in 59 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, and social needs of refugees.
Education Education is a life-saving intervention that helps displaced children and families to see beyond their displacement.
Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) A cornerstone of the JRS mission is to offer holistic human services through companionship, warmth, and recognition of human dignity.
Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
Livelihoods Livelihoods programs and opportunities focus on empowerment, self-reliance, and sustainability.
Reconciliation In a spirit of welcome and hospitality, reconciliation creates a communal expression of social cohesion and acceptance of refugees within society.
Advocacy Advocacy aims to shape laws, policies, and public opinion to be just and generous for the benefit of victims of forced displacement.
US Border Programs Regulations and increasing violence have created significant challenges at the border. JRS provides services to accompany, advocate, and serve those suffering
US Border Programs
Emergency Assistance In crisis and conflict, relief assistance – shelter, food, water, sanitation, and non-food items – are needed to ensure the survival of people in emergency situations.